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Homer Bailey
06-27-2008, 02:16 AM
I have gotten into classic movies a bit this summer, and am really trying to see all of the top movies of all time. Here's what I've seen so far.

Dr Strangelove
The Searchers
Apocalypse Now
Rear Window
Citizen Kane
12 Angry Men
The Man Who Knew too much
Psycho
The Untouchables
Casino
Godfather Trilogy (already seen)
Goodfellas (already seen)
Vertigo
Taxi Driver
Shawshank
The Graduate


Movies I'm trying to see:

North By Northwest
Chinatown
Schindler's List

Probably more that I can't think of, but what other suggestions do you folks have?

KittyDuran
06-27-2008, 06:51 AM
It looks like you're into dramas...& Hitchcock (will you try comedies (you do have Dr. Strangelove... or musicals?):

Here's some classic dramas or dramedies I have:

The Quiet Man
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Mark of Zorro (w/Tyrone Power)
Lawrence of Arabia (get the WS version)
Ben Hur
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Gilda
A Christmas Carol (1952 w/Alastir Sim)

If you'll try musicals...

Singing in the Rain
Top Hat
West Side Story
Cabaret
An American In Paris
A Hard Days Night
Holiday Inn
Oklahoma

KittyDuran
06-27-2008, 06:52 AM
North By Northwest
THE best Hitchcock movie IMHO - if just for the crop dusting scene. :thumbup:

savafan
06-27-2008, 07:20 AM
Casablanca is a must!

chicoruiz
06-27-2008, 07:38 AM
The Third Man
The Maltese Falcon
Some Like It Hot

MrCinatit
06-27-2008, 07:46 AM
2001 and 2010
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Network
Stalker (Russian movie)
Once Upon A Time In The West
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Seven Samurai
The Little Dictator
The General (Buster Keaton)
Duck Soup
The French Connection

Those are some "must sees" across the board that I can think of off the top of my head.

rotnoid
06-27-2008, 08:19 AM
it's early so all I can think is All Quiet on the Western Front

Redsfaithful
06-27-2008, 08:57 AM
One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
A Clockwork Orange
Groundhog Day (no, seriously)
Unforgiven

Four just off the top of my head in a few different genres.

GAC
06-27-2008, 09:38 AM
Westerns....

High Noon w/ Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly
The Westerner w/ Gary Cooper and Walter Brennan (a definite classic)
Dodge City w/ Errol Flynn
Winchester 73 w/ Jimmy Stewart

Grapes of Wrath w/ Henry Fonda
The Caine Mutiny w/ Humphrey Bogart

War Flicks....

The Longest Day
Battle of the Bulge

SunDeck
06-27-2008, 10:22 AM
It's funny how thinking about favorite movies leads from one to another:

African Queen
Maltese Falcon
Caine Mutiny
Double Indemnity
Twelve Angry Men
Midway
Tora Tora Tora!
Catch 22
The In Laws (original)
Cape Fear (Mitchum not that stupid thing with De Niro)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Roman Holiday
Wait Until Dark
The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!
The Great Escape
Dirty Dozen
Kelly's Heroes
Longest Day
M*A*S*H
Lawrence of Arabia
My Favorite Year

westofyou
06-27-2008, 10:29 AM
Mr Roberts
The Apartment
Blackboard Jungle
Days of Wine and Roses
White Heat
Touch of Evil
Best Years of our Lives
Magnificent Obsession
Double Indemnity
Key Largo
Sunset Boulevard
DOA (original)
Rules of the Game

PedroBourbon
06-27-2008, 12:11 PM
Check out Maxim magazine, one of the last two issues had a list of like 300 or so classic movies, like 20 or so in various categories. I'm not saying I agreed whole-heartedly with their choices but the majority are classics IMO. I don't know if the list came out on line.

cincinnati chili
06-27-2008, 01:42 PM
Double Indemnity


Walter: Afraid, baby?
Phyllis: Yes, I'm afraid. But not of Keyes. I'm afraid of us. We're not the same anymore. We did it so we could be together but instead of that, it's pulling us apart, isn't it, Walter?
Walter: What are you talking about?
Phyllis: And you don't really care whether we see each other or not.
Walter: [kissing her] Shut up, baby.

in terms of foreign oldies and goodies:
Fritz Lang's "M"
Costa-Gavras "Z" (Oliver Stone borrowed a lot)
Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo"
Kurosawa's "Rashomon"

Brisco
06-27-2008, 02:19 PM
A classic that I don't see mentioned yet is "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" directed by John Ford and starring Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin. Superficially it is just a good Western... but it is actually far deeper than that, with stories within stories.

To quote Alfred Hitchcock on who the best three American directors were:

"John Ford, John Ford and John Ford."

Nugget
06-27-2008, 02:22 PM
The Capras being
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Its A Wonderful Life
Mr Deeds

Boystown
Miracle on 34th Street
Mr Blandings Builds a House

* A Warning - these are all in black & white

westofyou
06-27-2008, 02:31 PM
The Capras being
Mr Smith Goes to Washington
Its A Wonderful Life
Mr Deeds

Don't forget

You can't take it with you
It happened one night
John Doe
Arsenic and Old Lace

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 02:53 PM
The Seventh Seal is excellent and is a must see.
In the heat of the night is also a must see.

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 03:05 PM
Stalig 17, Breaking Away, and Bridge on the River Kwai.

westofyou
06-27-2008, 03:06 PM
Stalig 17, Breaking Away, and Bridge on the River Kwai.

Picnic, The Wanderers, The Trial at Nuremberg

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 03:18 PM
Picnic, The Wanderers, The Trial at Nuremberg

Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Pride of the Yankees.

westofyou
06-27-2008, 03:25 PM
Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Pride of the Yankees.

The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt, Champion

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 03:42 PM
The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt, Champion

Papillion, The Virgin Spring, Marty

Rojo
06-27-2008, 03:49 PM
Rio Bravo.

westofyou
06-27-2008, 03:54 PM
Papillion, The Virgin Spring, Marty

The Wild Bunch, Tokyo Story, The Long Weekend

redsmetz
06-27-2008, 04:26 PM
Don't forget

You can't take it with you
It happened one night
John Doe
Arsenic and Old Lace

They just showed Arsenic & Old Lace at the newsreel theater at the Museum Center last weekend and my wife and younger daughter went down and watched it. It's one of my oldest daughter's favorite movies, but the younger hadn't seen it before. It was a great laugh and Cary Grant is such a fine physical comic actor.

They also showed "Casablanca," "The Red Shoes" and "On the Town" along with newsreels from the era. It was a nice little venue and I wish they'd show more older films. I miss the days of the month-long calendar of The Movies theater downtown and all the different flicks they showed.

IowaRed
06-27-2008, 04:28 PM
The Great Escape
any Marx Brother's movie, especially Animal Crackers
Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
Way Out West-L & H

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 04:35 PM
The Wild Bunch, Tokyo Story, The Long Weekend

Patton, Hardcore, Mildred Peirce

Highlifeman21
06-27-2008, 04:38 PM
Stick It
The Big Lebowski
Dogma

westofyou
06-27-2008, 04:39 PM
They just showed Arsenic & Old Lace at the newsreel theater at the Museum Center last weekend and my wife and younger daughter went down and watched it. It's one of my oldest daughter's favorite movies, but the younger hadn't seen it before. It was a great laugh and Cary Grant is such a fine physical comic actor.

They also showed "Casablanca," "The Red Shoes" and "On the Town" along with newsreels from the era. It was a nice little venue and I wish they'd show more older films. I miss the days of the month-long calendar of The Movies theater downtown and all the different flicks they showed.

When I lived in Palo Alto I frequented this theater

http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/stf/

It's owned by one of the Hewlett Packard guys and is down the street from the garage that they started their business in. It does not play movies made after 1965

westofyou
06-27-2008, 04:42 PM
Patton, Hardcore, Mildred Peirce

Singing in the Rain, Pal Joey, Miracle of Morgan's Creek

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 04:44 PM
Singing in the Rain, Pal Joey, Miracle of Morgan's Creek

Charade, To Kill a Mockingbird, and will go new with Letters from Iwo Jima

SunDeck
06-27-2008, 05:42 PM
Patton, YES!
If you are forced (like by having a wife) to limit your war flicks- choose Patton above all else. I am embarrassed to have forgotten it.

This is such a great thread.

westofyou
06-27-2008, 05:50 PM
Patton, YES!
If you are forced (like by having a wife) to limit your war flicks- choose Patton above all else. I am embarrassed to have forgotten it.

This is such a great thread.

My dad liked war movies... I was his war movie buddy, at an inappropriate age I suppose, but I had all those GI Joes and other army stuff, loved Rat Patrol, Combat and all that ilk....but boy do I remember seeing Patton on the big screen

westofyou
06-27-2008, 05:52 PM
Charade, To Kill a Mockingbird, and will go new with Letters from Iwo Jima

Pillow Talk, Mermaids and anything by Harold Lloyd

GAC
06-27-2008, 06:04 PM
A Street Car Named Desire
Rebel Without a Cause
The Lost Weekend

Matt700wlw
06-27-2008, 06:08 PM
"Dumb and Dumber"

Oh, sorry :D

redsfanmia
06-27-2008, 06:59 PM
Pillow Talk, Mermaids and anything by Harold Lloyd

Rocky, Marathon Man, Bonnie and Clyde

redsmetz
06-27-2008, 08:42 PM
When I lived in Palo Alto I frequented this theater

http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/stf/

It's owned by one of the Hewlett Packard guys and is down the street from the garage that they started their business in. It does not play movies made after 1965

Wow, what a beauty! One summer when it was blistering hot and we had no AC, we took our kids on a Friday to the Emery to see The Greatest Show on Earth. Wow, to see that train wreck on such a huge screen. Another time, we took them to see Laurel & Hardy. They squacked at seeing black & white movies, but by about the eighth time Stan Laurel fell in a hole, they were laughing and understanding a running joke.

Apparently Jim Tarbell wants to find a way to reopen the Emery. See this web blog

http://thebellwetherdaily.blogspot.com/2007/12/cincinnatis-shuttered-emery-theater-jim.html

Redsfaithful
06-28-2008, 07:52 AM
Patton, YES!
If you are forced (like by having a wife) to limit your war flicks- choose Patton above all else. I am embarrassed to have forgotten it.

This is such a great thread.

Full Metal Jacket

redsfanmia
06-28-2008, 12:07 PM
Full Metal Jacket

This movie was great until they left boot camp then it was awful.

savafan
06-28-2008, 04:16 PM
Speaking of Cary Grant, An Affair To Remember is one of my favorite movies of all time.

macro
06-28-2008, 04:40 PM
Dead Man Walking: From the early to mid 1990s, with Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon and based on a true story. No matter what stance on capital punishment is, it may change after seeing this movie. An often overlooked classic that will have merit for many years to come.

Has anyone said It's A Wonderful Life? Cheesy, yes, but required viewing for any classic agenda.

Primal Fear, with Edward Norton and Richard Gere. You won't see this ending coming. Easily one of the best movies of the last ten years.

The Breakfast Club, with the Brat Pack.

The Game, with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. Another ending you won't see coming.

Fight Club, with Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.

I guess some of these are too new to be considered "classics", but they will be someday, IMO.

The Baumer
06-28-2008, 09:30 PM
I second Hud and my favorite film of all time Coolhand Luke. Maybe throw in Mad Max: The Road Warrior too. :D

Falls City Beer
06-28-2008, 09:39 PM
Night of the Hunter

savafan
06-28-2008, 09:43 PM
Night of the Hunter

A great, great movie! One of Robert Mitchum's best.

Will M
06-28-2008, 11:12 PM
Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood 'Man with no name trilogy'. These flicks invented the spaghetti western.

Almost any Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa or Mario Bava. Three of the world's greatest directors of all time.

Silent movies: Nosferatu & Metropolis.

Fritz Lang's "M"

Dario Argento's Deep Red & Suspiria. ( Italian director of several classic
1970s/1980s horror/suspense movies ).

Bruce Lee's 'Enter the Dragon' and the Shaw Brothers's '36th chamber of Shaolin'. These are two of the greatest kung fu movies ever made.

Peter Weir's "Picnic at hanging Rock". This is a classic film from the director of Witness, Truman Show & Master and Commander.

AccordinglyReds
06-28-2008, 11:37 PM
Airplane!
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Spaceballs
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Great Escape

The Baumer
06-29-2008, 12:52 AM
High Plains Drifter was my favorite Eastwood flick.

Redsfaithful
06-29-2008, 03:52 PM
The Game, with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn. Another ending you won't see coming.

Just saw this recently, really enjoyable movie. Your head is spinning by the end of it.

Fon Duc Tow
06-29-2008, 07:37 PM
what, no Shakes The Clown?

klw
06-29-2008, 09:43 PM
chariots of fire
Three days of the Condor

GAC
06-30-2008, 07:22 AM
A great, great movie! One of Robert Mitchum's best.

So was Cape Fear.

Roy Tucker
06-30-2008, 08:26 AM
Harvey (watched it last night on TMC)

Chip R
06-30-2008, 11:36 AM
The Kid
The Great Dictator
Modern Times
The Gold Rush

westofyou
06-30-2008, 11:53 AM
Modern Times


Wall-E is an ode to MT

westofyou
06-30-2008, 11:55 AM
Rocky, Marathon Man, Bonnie and Clyde

The Lords of Flatbush/Little Big Man/McAbe and Mrs Miller

redsfanmia
06-30-2008, 02:09 PM
The Lords of Flatbush/Little Big Man/McAbe and Mrs Miller


Stagecoach, Resevior Dogs, Deliverance

westofyou
06-30-2008, 02:39 PM
Stagecoach, Resevior Dogs, Deliverance

The Ox Bow Incident/Dog Day Afternoon/Jean de Florette

Red in Chicago
06-30-2008, 09:27 PM
glengarry glen ross
heat
johnny stecchino
cinema paradiso
houseboat
moonstruck

Will M
07-01-2008, 11:49 AM
High Plains Drifter was my favorite Eastwood flick.

also a great flick. Eastwood directed. All the Eastwood westerns that he or Leone directed are top notch.

RedsBaron
07-01-2008, 05:28 PM
A lot of films that came to my mind have already been listed, such as "The Searchers," "Casablanca" "Patton" and, yes, "Groundhog Day."
"It Happened One Night" should be on the list, as perhaps one of the best of the screwball comedies and one of the few films to sweep the Oscars for best picture, best actor and best actress.
"Gone With The Wind" has to make the list. It was bad history, but it is the Hollywood epic of the first half of the 20th Century.
"The Outlaw Josey Wales" remains my favorite Clint Eastwood film.
"Shane" wasn't a perfect film, but it had a near perfect ending, with "Little Joe" calling out for Shane to return.
Speaking of a near perfect ending, no film has ever so consistently caused my eyes to mist up every time I watch it than has "Field of Dreams." Maybe you have to be a guy whose father is dead to appreciate the closing scene.
"Blazing Saddles" is a classic.

Kingspoint
07-01-2008, 10:08 PM
Judgement at Nuremberg. (1961) (nominated for Best Picture)

You find yourself not wanting to take a breath for three hours.

It's appropriate for today's political climate.

Maximillian Schell won an Oscar best Actor (1961)

Burt Lancaster

Spencer Tracy is excellent. (nominated for Best Actor)

Richard Widmark

Marlene Dietrich

Judy Garland (nominated for Best Supporting Actress)

Montgomery Clift is excellent in his small part. (nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

....and William Shatner, who doesn't ruin it.

Directed by Stanley Kramer (nominated for Best Director)

Won an Oscar for Best Writing

4 other Oscar nominations.

Kingspoint
07-01-2008, 10:23 PM
A few other Stanley Kramer movies:

High Noon
The Wild One
Death of a Salesman
The Caine Mutiny
The Defiant Ones
Inherit the Wind
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

savafan
07-01-2008, 10:24 PM
I just saw "A Hard Day's Night" for the first time. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it. 2 others I'm not sure if they've been mentioned yet, "Inherit the Wind" and "Seven Days in May".

Chip R
07-02-2008, 10:50 AM
Judgement at Nuremberg. (1961) (nominated for Best Picture)

You find yourself not wanting to take a breath for three hours.

It's appropriate for today's political climate.

Maximillian Schell won an Oscar best Actor (1961)

Burt Lancaster

Spencer Tracy is excellent. (nominated for Best Actor)

Richard Widmark

Marlene Dietrich

Judy Garland (nominated for Best Supporting Actress)

Montgomery Clift is excellent in his small part. (nominated for Best Supporting Actor)

....and William Shatner, who doesn't ruin it.

Directed by Stanley Kramer (nominated for Best Director)

Won an Oscar for Best Writing

4 other Oscar nominations.


Not to mention Colonel Klink.

Kingspoint
07-02-2008, 08:47 PM
Not to mention Colonel Klink.

I didn't know how people would take that. I thought I was stretching it when I mentioned Shatner. :D

Chip R
07-03-2008, 09:06 AM
I didn't know how people would take that. I thought I was stretching it when I mentioned Shatner. :D


William Shatner and Werner Klemperer in the same movie. There doesn't need to be any other reason why it's a classic. :D

WebScorpion
07-09-2008, 11:39 PM
Ok, I went through my collection and everyone has named my favorites already except these:

True Grit
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
The Caddy
Westworld
Omega Man
The Changeling
Blade Runner
Big Trouble in Little China
An American Werewolf in London

The last 3 probably aren't 'classics' yet, but they're getting closer. ;)

Of all the movies mentioned previously, after the list you've noted, I'd recommend first watching Lawrence of Arabia. Oh, and try to get the version with the original intermission and intermission music....really takes you back!


Enjoy! :thumbup: